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Las Vegas: 3 days Red Rock-Historic Railroad Tunnel- Grand Canyon?

Friday, November 15, 2019

Boulder City ,NV, United States

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I am going to catch a cheap flight and stay at a nice hotel and hike. Going for the bundle deal. If you want to go book your flight I need a break.

Enjoy beautiful views of Lake Mead as you hike along this old railroad path. The tracks have been removed. If you listen closely, you can hear the bats in the five tunnels that you pass through along the way.

Need to Know: Take some cash and have a hot dog or fries at the visitor center. This is one of the few trails in the area that has an elevator and cafe at the end.

Description: The starting point for the hike is located at the Alan Bible Visitor Center near the intersection of Highways 93 (U.S.) and 166 (Nevada.) Either the upper parking lot at the visitor center or the lower lot a short distance toward the lake may be used.

The trail passes through five tunnels next to Lake Mead built for the rail line used during construction of Hoover Dam. A newly opened lower section continues downward and ends on the top floor of the parking garage at the Hoover Dam. Another trail junctions with this trail to take visitors to the walkway that crosses the Hoover Dam Bypass bridge.

The total out-and-back distances is four miles if stopping at the fifth tunnel or seven miles if going to Hoover Dam. You can add another two miles if you are going up to the bridge. Elevation change is negligible.

History & Background: This is the path that the workers were transported on while building Hoover Dam.

Trail Map: https://www.traillink.com/trail-maps/historic-railroad-trail/

How to Get there
To reach the Lake Mead National Recreation Area Alan Bible Visitor Center trailhead, from Las Vegas take Interstate 215 to I-515 south. Follow I-515 south for 5.8 miles to US 93 toward Boulder City. After 9.6 miles take a left onto State Route 166. Look for the Lake Mead Visitor Center sign. The trailhead is just over 0.3 mile ahead on the right.

Parking :to park at the Hoover Dam, from Boulder City take US 93 for about 5 miles to the turnoff to SR 172/Hoover Dam Access Road. Follow it for about 2 miles to the dam.

Will you join us?

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